Clinton: Unhinged?

Hillary Clinton in Concord, New Hampshire
Hillary Clinton in Concord, New Hampshire (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Following multiple damning email leaks and disclosures, Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign decided, in the weirdest attempt at damage control I’ve ever seen, to  invoke the late Allen Ginsberg’s “America”:

“America it’s them bad Russians.
Them Russians them Russians and them Chinamen. And them Russians.”

Forget the content of the leaks. Just focus on their alleged (not proven, alleged) source. IT’S THEM RUSSIANS!

Never mind that one of the leaks uncovered the Democratic National Committee’s secret program to deliver its party’s presidential nomination to Clinton at all costs. Did I mention that Donald Trump MIGHT BE WORKING WITH THEM RUSSIANS?

Never mind that another disclosure gave the public a glimpse of Clinton’s corrupt “pay to play” scheme,  in which high-dollar donors to the Clinton Foundation got special goodies from the Clinton State Department. Who cares? The Ukrainian government (installed in a 2014 coup funded by the US and orchestrated by Clinton’s protege,  Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland) just happened to conveniently “discover” “evidence” linking Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to THEM RUSSIANS!

Servergate? Never mind FBI director James Comey’s announcement and testimony revealing that she’s at least recklessly negligent  and almost certainly a felon who only avoided prosecution because her name is Hillary Clinton. LOOOOOOOK! THEM RUSSIANS!

It’s all so maladroit and ham-handed that it would be laughable if not for the stakes:

Clinton’s strategy for distracting attention from her corruption and incompetence, so that she can win the White House, is an all-out attempt to re-start the Cold War (at the risk of one or more very hot wars) and resurrect Joe McCarthy between now and November. And it just might work.

No, I can’t bring myself to support Donald Trump. But it’s getting harder and harder to peg him as the distinctively harebrained, irresponsible, unhinged one in the race. Clinton is still a game down to Trump in the World Series of Crazy, but it looks like the series will go all the way to seven.

It’s been noted over and over, by pretty much everyone, that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are the two most roundly despised presidential candidates since polling became a thing. How either one of them got within spitting distance of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is a mystery for the ages. And one of them almost certainly moving in come January sounds like an establishing shot for next summer’s top-grossing horror film.

Thomas L. Knapp (Twitter: @thomaslknapp) is director and senior news analyst at the William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism ( He lives and works in north central Florida.


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  • Brian McKeever

    Sadly, it is not a “mystery” how these two horrible human beings have come within spitting distance of the White House. Next time you go out in public, take a good look at your fellow citizens and note how many of them are slovenly dressed, horribly obese or so obsessed with their stupid portable electronic gadgets that they are oblivious of the world around them. Then turn on the television and look at the puerile garbage, including “news” they are pouring into their heads an average of 5-6 hours a day.

    In a democracy people get the “leaders” they deserve, and America is most deserving of either Hillary or Trump.

    • jrapdx

      Thanks for your comment about the status of the health of the American population. I’ve worked extensively in the field of obesity treatment and research, and I have to agree looking at my fellow/sister citizens is disheartening. There are many factors implicated in the origins of the issues you observe, we have an enormous amount of work to do to solve our nation’s health and other serious problems.

      As for our presidential candidates I am not neutral. Of the two of them, Clinton is by far the least capable candidate nominated in the last 60 years or more. Trump is by no means perfect, but he has ideas and plans that are much more constructive and more likely to get the US on a better path.

      Trump is a natural team player who explicitly avoids donations or personal favors that will encumber his freedom to do what’s best for the country, whereas Clinton is completely unable to consider anything outside of her own accumulation of wealth and power.

      There are many considerations in deciding who to vote for, but criminal-level behavior is where I draw an absolute line of unacceptability. Sad to say Clinton has gone well beyond that line multiple times in multiple ways. By the weight of evidence, she has shown herself thoroughly untrustworthy, a catastrophe waiting to happen.

      Personally rather than risk a virtual guarantee of failure if Clinton is elected, I prefer placing the much safer bet that Trump leads us to substantial success.

  • For some additional relevant information readers might just wish to read the post below.

    “Clinton dirty trickster Sidney Blumenthal and Clinton crony and oligarch Viktor Pinchuk pedalled bogus charges against Paul Manafort using Ukrainian intelligence.”